Welcome to Emergency Medicine

Faculty of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine have additional subspecialty training and board certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Their areas of expertise include the initial stabilization and management of critically and acutely ill pediatric patients with medical, traumatic and surgical illness. This includes, but is not limited to: respiratory distress, fever, fractures, laceration repair, abdominal pain, vomiting, dehydration, and seizures. The InQuicker program (used by UCSF in San Francisco) is a free online service for patients with less emergent needs. It allows parents to check in from home and arrive at the hospital at a scheduled time. This provides parents and families maximum flexibility and convenience.


UCSF medical students and residents in pediatrics and emergency medicine have dedicated pediatric training experiences while working in the Emergency Department. Their curriculum and training is focused on learning a systematic and complete approach to evaluating children who have unexplored complaints. The pediatric emergency medicine experience focuses on strengthening communication with families, strengthening physical examination skills, learning the judicious use of diagnostic tests, and working efficiently in a fast-paced environment. This experience also focuses on skills vital to the treatment of serious medical problems and on the rapid stabilization of patients with life-threatening illness.


Pediatric Emergency Medicine is home to many studies designed to improve clinical care. Ongoing projects include:


A visit to the Emergency Department offers opportunities to educate patients about asthma, but the busy setting also poses challenges. Patients and families are a "captive audience," but the visit can also be stressful. Dr. Christine Cho is exploring how video and computer tablet applications can be used as educational tools in this setting.

Simulation trainings

Drs. Evelyn Porter and Christine Cho lead an effort to develop simulations as a tool for training physicians, trainees, and nurses in rarely used but critically important emergency medicine skills, including intubations, advanced life support, and trauma resuscitation. In addition, simulation is useful for strengthening team communication skills and procedural training.

Professional-Patient Communication

How to help physicians communicate effectively and professionally with patients and families in the stressful setting of the Emergency Department is the focus of ongoing research by Christine Cho, MD, MPH.

Clinical Services

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital provides expert emergency care at a new state-of-the-art freestanding faciility located at Mission Bay. Designed just for kids, the Children's Emergency department is staffed 24 hours a day by faculty board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine. They provide care to children with any condition that requires immediate attention, ranging from cuts and broken bones to life-threatening problems.

For minor medical needs, Children's Emergency offers a free, online service called InQuicker. Parents can check in from home, choose an available time for their child to be seen, and arrive at the hospital at the scheduled time.